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KaBar2
04-11-2004, 09:15 AM
Lately I've been getting interested in building a tattoo machine from scratch. Similar to the way I got interested in building banjos from scavenged, dumpster-dived materials, I'm getting interested in building tattoo machines the same way.

Are there any experienced tattooists in 12 oz.? (Gotta be some--you guys sport more ink than DC Comics.) I'm interested in a book or a manual about tattooing. Anybody have a good source for parts? Plans? Anybody know of a website or message board or newsgroup for people who build tattoo machines?

I already have catalogs from Spaulding & Rogers Manufacturing (they sell parts, machines, supplies, etc. for tattooing) but I'm looking for the low-end, Do-It-Yourself thing.

I want to wrap my own 10-wrap coils, cut out and punch my own springs, do my own wiring, solder my own needles on my own needle bars. Do you have information? Help me get knowledgeable about the business end of tattooing!

Save the warnings about infections---I'm an RN, I know all about infection control. My first purchase will be a good, small autoclave capable of 250 degrees at 20 PSI for an hour. A pressure cooker with a gauge would probably do the trick, but the tattoo industry says otherwise.

One of my multi-colored biker buddies cheerfully volunteered to let me give him tats for free for the practice. I'm working on flash.

When
04-11-2004, 09:29 AM
you crazy old bastard
i think im going to end up like you when i get older
i can never stick to just one project

if i remember correctly these are your current interests/projects
- dumpster banjo
-homemade trike
- diy tattoo machine

i think i forgot one but cant think of it

vinyl junkie
04-11-2004, 09:39 AM
well there's "tattooing A to Z" by huck spaulding... it's a little out of date, and a little cheezy, but it should be good enough for doing home work...
there's not really much someone could tell you, over the internet, as far as the actual technique goes... it's all about practice... (by the way, a thawed chicken makes a decent practice canvas)
as far as building the machine, cheers to you... i thought you were talking about building a tape player machine... but wrapping yer own coils and shit... damn...
wrapping coils, cutting springs, learning geometry, etc. isn't too hard (takes skill, yes, but eventually it can be done) but building the frame is a little trickier... you really need to be able to do casting or milling to get a decent frame...
but best of luck to you...

seeking
04-11-2004, 03:23 PM
the guy who does all my work makes his own machines. not that that fact is going to help us here, but it is fact none the less.

probably stuff you already know.
www.healthservices.gov.bc.ca/protect/pdf/tattoo.pd (http://www.healthservices.gov.bc.ca/protect/pdf/tattoo.pd)

if you dig around through the 3 different 'issues' you can find diagrams of the machines, and all the different parts labeled.
http://www.machinegunmagazine.com/html/wha...e/contents.html (http://www.machinegunmagazine.com/html/whatsinside/contents.html)

you might want to head down to some shops and talk to some guys, too. tattoo folks are kind of weird and inclusive, but if you're sincere and seem a little nuts, usually they'll be into it. they could probably point you towards secret books or something that might help. maybe even have a shitty old machine they would sell you for cheap, just so you could take it apart and fiddle around.

lastly, like vinyl said, dethawed chicken works, so does tattooing on grapefruit.

good luck.

Kr430n5_666
04-11-2004, 04:04 PM
mayhem

KaBar2
04-12-2004, 07:04 AM
"Machinegun Magazine" is GREAT! Exactly what I was looking for, only it's online.

Anybody know of any BOOKS on the subject, or have an old copy of "Tattooing:A-to-Z" by Huck Spaulding that they want to sell?

Thanks very much. Keep those suggestions coming.

Mayhem, indeed. LOL. "A hundred bucks an hour," that's what I say.

And then there's HIV, HepB, HepC, etc., etc.

26SidedCube
04-12-2004, 07:30 AM
A friend did tattoo interning for a year, the only
tip I can remember from him aside from chicken
and grapefruit like these guys mentions is for
adjusting to the awkward weight of the gun/pen.
They told him to tape a few AA batteries to the
top of a pencil or pen for the sake of simulating
the fucked up balance you'll be contending with.

that's all I've got.

Zack Morris
04-12-2004, 07:48 AM
I would check amazon.com and ebay and alike places for a cheap copy of tattooing from a-z...I know its not a hard book to find and with a little luck you should be able to find it used and reletively cheap.

There used to be a guy in my neighborhood that had a hobby of building home made tattoo guns and giving himself and his friends really really bad bugs bunny and daffy duck tattooes. I was talking to him about it one day and he said that for a motor he was able to modify the tape drive out of an old answering machine for one and for another one he used the motor out of an electric shaver.

These just sounded very crude to me and I would let the guy anywhere near me with a needle plus I am sure using these unconvetianal motors presents the problem of not being able to control the speed at which your needle is moving. I guess what I am getting at is if you can find some sort of speed controlled small electric motor it might take a bit of modification but I am sure that you could use it.

High Priest
04-12-2004, 08:01 AM
Get yourself a walkman, a guitar string and a ball point pen. Then get ready to lose ALOT of blood.

Dirty_habiT
04-12-2004, 08:12 AM
fucking sweet Kabar's awesome!

casekonly
04-12-2004, 12:50 PM
kabar, please be a part of this lecture series that is trying to pop out on the boards. your survival life thread was one of the greatest of greats. true genius.

imported_garcia_vega
04-12-2004, 03:44 PM
i tattoo full time in a pretty busy and successful studio. i would say rather than trying to build the whole machine from scratch right off the bat, the best bet would be to buy the frame, and then you could either assemble or fabricate the rest of the parts yourself. to be totally honest with you, i think that winding your own coils is a waste of time. i've done it, and i've used the hand-wound coils, and in my opinion they don't perform any better than ones you'd buy; especially if you buy them from a quality machine manufacturer (ie NOT SPAULDING, and NO ONE WHO SELLS STARTER KITS. superior and kaplan make the shittiest tattoo equipment you can imagine.) the reason that i'd say don't cast the frame is that different people prefer different setups. so if you're just getting into tattooing, it's going to take you a while, maybe even a couple years, to figure out how you want your machines to feel. once you do, then you can cast a frame that suits your needs. everybody has their own preferences. you may want a light-weight machine, you may want a heavy-duty workhorse. you may want a cutback liner, you may not. you're not gonna know until you get some tattoos under your belt.

i think the best bet is to go middle of the road on everything for your first hammers, and then the next set of machines you get, you can refine it from there. i do have a copy of "tattooing a to z" that i'm willing to sell you, but just be warned that, like vinyl junkie said, a lot of shit in there is way out of date, especially the sterilization stuff. even the machine setup chapter is behind the curve. email me through this site if you're interested in buying the book or if you've got anything you want to talk about more specifically.

HESHIANDET
04-12-2004, 05:12 PM
there was an artical in either rolling stone, mass appeal, or vice. eitherway it was about shit dudes make in prison. tat machines in prison are made from fan motors....

skullnbones
04-12-2004, 05:26 PM
if i could meet one person in the entire world and history and all that. it would be kabar. good luck to you champ.

Overtime
04-12-2004, 05:39 PM
shotgun the first person you use it on!

gfreshsushi
04-12-2004, 07:17 PM
kabar is part tweaker, part amazing.

MANIK DEK
04-12-2004, 07:27 PM
well i know a way to make a tattoo machine for under twenty bucks.. its isnt the most comfortable thing to get a tattoo by but it will do the trick.....you buy one of those things used to cut hair. the electric shaver typt things.. you take out the little razors in there and realine the movable parts so that they are now moving vertically. then you install a needle in there.like a sewing needle. you wrap a string through the threading hole in the needle and soak that in the ink then you turn it on and it works. you have to have some controll with it or the needle will go pretty deep. but hey its cheap and it works.

mr.yuck
04-13-2004, 03:01 AM
I dont know how helpful this will be but i did have a friend that built his own tattoo gun and was able to do good work with it. I used to rack pieces for him sometimes and if im not mistaken he used pieces of a radio, guitar strings posibley for the coils and various other pieces of metal just for the actual gun part. I might be able to get in contact with him and find out exactly how the hell he was making them.

ASN
04-13-2004, 03:12 AM
Dunno if anyone posted this yet but i heard an electric toothbrush modified with a needle and india ink is the way to go.

High Priest
04-13-2004, 03:15 AM
Originally posted by casekonly
kabar, please be a part of this lecture series that is trying to pop out on the boards. your survival life thread was one of the greatest of greats. true genius.

Can you taste his prostate yet?

villain
04-13-2004, 03:32 AM
I've had alot of freinds who tattooed professionally and made their own over the years. Personally I would never get tattooed by one of those prison rigs. Though you could make some halfway decent ones. I've heard of all kinds of different designs. I don't know how this will work but try hooking a rheostat up to your power cable. It might be able to adjust your motor speed for you. I think if I remember correctly back to my apprenticeship that the professional machines adjust with the distance of the coils to point of contact. I guess this varies the conduction. You might however want to get some professional needles at least. I'm pretty sure the bigger needles will collapse your arteries. Try it on some skinny dude with bulbous arteries! :D Tell him it's for science. haha...
I could tell you how to solder liner and shader needles and basic technique.

duh-rye-won
04-13-2004, 05:33 AM
i've heard portable tape decks are common starting points for prison rigs.

kabar, you can practice on me.:D

KaBar2
04-13-2004, 07:50 AM
First of all, I'm an RN, so I already have the sterilization thing and the aseptic technique thing and the avoiding-cross-contamination thing down. I figure If I can do surgical bandage changes and surgical drains, I can do tattooing without killing anybody.

Second, I have a two-year AA degree as a machinist. I don't have many big tools, but a great deal can be accomplished with hand tools. I bet that I could build a West Coast style tattoo machine (the Spaulding & Rogers "Supreme" and "Stinger outliner" are good examples of a West Coast machine) with a side plate with nothing more than the hand tools I own right now.

I have a buzz box arc welder, and access to an oxy-acetylene torch. I bet I could weld up a frame in no time.

One of the reasons I want to wind my own coils is so I will know exactly how they are made. One thing I am still a little confused about---does the term "eight-wrap" and "ten-wrap" coils mean eight turns, or eight LAYERS of wire? I'm thinking it has to be "layers" of wire. Must be pretty damned small gauge wire. I'm guessing 22AWG or 24AWG solid copper wire. Anybody know for certain?

Another way to go would be by buying a kit and putting it together just for the experience. I can get an "okay" kit for about $65 or $75 off of eBay. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.

Anybody have any tat machines for sale for a reasonable price?

imported_garcia_vega
04-14-2004, 01:43 AM
the number refers to layers of wire, not turns. i've actually forgotten the specific gauge that i used, but you seem about right. it's thin wire. i've actually snapped it a few times being too rough when assembling machines. the guy who apprenticed me (he was very knowledgable about machines by the way) had me wind a set of 10 wrap coils just so i could see how they work and how they did it back in the day, but like i said i haven't really used them in a while. right now i'm using 10's on everything, but i started out using 8 wraps on my liner and 10's on the shader. i think that was a good way to start. the only reason i'm using 10's on my liner now is because i can go faster if i have a lot of work to do--but it took a while to get the accuracy with outlining to be able to work that way. generally, you want your shader to have a longer stroke and more punch than the liner. other things you can do are using a wider, heavier armature bar on the shader, using a stronger capacitor on the shader, or slightly increasing the bend of the angle on the front spring on a shader. the most common way is to increase the distance of the contact points, but the ways i mentioned before that help you increase power without making too much of a gap in the points, and without you having to run the machine at such a high voltage. with your background in machining, i'm sure you could pull off building a machine. but the question is, are you going to like the machine when you finish it? that's why i would advise you test the waters by building a kit, then if something bugs you about those machines, adjust it when building your own. but that's just my opinion. hope that helped and good luck!

KaBar2
04-14-2004, 09:38 AM
Thank you very much for the help, it sounds like good solid advice. I'm pricing shit on eBay, and I have a correspondence going with a guy who builds machines as a sideline to tattooing. How much do you want for the Huck Spaulding book?

I'm looking for a good power supply and and either a first-class pressure cooker or a stove-top autoclave, too.

Let's see now---my recent interests have been:

---trainhopping and re-claiming "lost" hobo jungles (I really love this stuff)

---writing a screenplay and making DV movies (wrote the script, still working on trying to figure out a way to make the movie)

---building banjos from dumpster-dived materials (built four, so far, and I have three or four in various stages of completion)

---learning to actually play the banjo (still working on this)

---building a three-wheeled bicycle using a shopping cart (I haven't tried this yet, but I'm still thinking about it)

---building my own tattoo machines, and getting into tattooing

---finally buying my own 13x40 machine lathe and a decent drill press (still working on raising the money)

Life is too fuckin' SHORT, people. Ain't no way you can do everything you are interested in.

Overtime
04-14-2004, 10:01 AM
Originally posted by KaBar2
First of all, I'm an RN, so I already have the sterilization thing and the aseptic technique thing and the avoiding-cross-contamination thing down. I figure If I can do surgical bandage changes and surgical drains, I can do tattooing without killing anybody.

Second, I have a two-year AA degree as a machinist. I don't have many big tools, but a great deal can be accomplished with hand tools. I bet that I could build a West Coast style tattoo machine (the Spaulding & Rogers "Supreme" and "Stinger outliner" are good examples of a West Coast machine) with a side plate with nothing more than the hand tools I own right now.

I have a buzz box arc welder, and access to an oxy-acetylene torch. I bet I could weld up a frame in no time.

One of the reasons I want to wind my own coils is so I will know exactly how they are made. One thing I am still a little confused about---does the term "eight-wrap" and "ten-wrap" coils mean eight turns, or eight LAYERS of wire? I'm thinking it has to be "layers" of wire. Must be pretty damned small gauge wire. I'm guessing 22AWG or 24AWG solid copper wire. Anybody know for certain?

Another way to go would be by buying a kit and putting it together just for the experience. I can get an "okay" kit for about $65 or $75 off of eBay. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.

Anybody have any tat machines for sale for a reasonable price?

dont mean shit till we see a picture

KaBar2
04-15-2004, 06:17 AM
Eventually, I'll get my digital camera rigged up and ready to run on the internet. It's really pretty simple, I'll bet, I'm just to lazy-ass to find the instructions.

Today I made a contact with a producer to go and try to shop my screenplay. Wouldn't that be FUN? Man. I'd love to make some movies.

I'm still interested in DV filmmaking too. I'd love to have a Canon XL1-S. (Saving my buckaroos....)

Fondles
04-15-2004, 10:18 AM
kabar you are a fuckin madman. i love it. you have an excellent spirit and it shows even through your fucking text. lemme ask you something. i'm thinking of visiting/moving to tibet to study spiritually/mentally/physically for 1-2 years before venturing further into the business world. im 23 going on 24 very soon. i've already been out of the country (USA) multiple times: Venezuela, Columbia, Virgin Islands, Curacao, Amsterdam, and Jamaica so far. so im not looking for travel tips or nothing. but was wondering if you think something like that would be a worthwhile venture. and i ask you, and not the assshole that will eventually respond like a 2 year old, because i know you have experience in many things under your belt. sooo uh yeah. lemme know. yeah.

KaBar2
04-16-2004, 07:45 AM
If you're going to do something like that, DO IT BEFORE YOU HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES. And take LOTS AND LOTS of photographs. One thing I really regret is that I hardly recorded anything on film, back in the day. I have two or three pics of my first wife, that's it. I was determined to "live the experience" rather than trying to record it all on slides for some vacation-slide-show thing later in life. The stupid thing is, I could have done both.

I don't know shit about Tibet, except that they are under the boot of the Chinese. Be fucking CAREFUL. Chinese prisons suck shit through a dirty sock. Have you ever seen that movie about the American that went to Tibet and wound up being pals with the Dalai Lama when he was a child? Cool movie, but you never hear about the guys that just got slaughtered by some thug and fed to the pigs, you know? Mom and Dad wave goodbye at the airport---that's the last time they ever hear from him. Or her.

Go rent the movie "Missing." Chile. 1973. Radical tourists get caught in the middle of the overthrow of Salvador Allende. Jack Lemon, Sissy Spacek. I knew Frank Terrugi, he was in the New York IWW.

teen_014.jpg
04-16-2004, 09:22 AM
does anybody know about any good tattoo forums? with advice, techniques, and pictures, sort of like 12oz?

Fondles
04-16-2004, 12:58 PM
Originally posted by KaBar2
If you're going to do something like that, DO IT BEFORE YOU HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES. And take LOTS AND LOTS of photographs. One thing I really regret is that I hardly recorded anything on film, back in the day. I have two or three pics of my first wife, that's it. I was determined to "live the experience" rather than trying to record it all on slides for some vacation-slide-show thing later in life. The stupid thing is, I could have done both.

I don't know shit about Tibet, except that they are under the boot of the Chinese. Be fucking CAREFUL. Chinese prisons suck shit through a dirty sock. Have you ever seen that movie about the American that went to Tibet and wound up being pals with the Dalai Lama when he was a child? Cool movie, but you never hear about the guys that just got slaughtered by some thug and fed to the pigs, you know? Mom and Dad wave goodbye at the airport---that's the last time they ever hear from him. Or her.

Go rent the movie "Missing." Chile. 1973. Radical tourists get caught in the middle of the overthrow of Salvador Allende. Jack Lemon, Sissy Spacek. I knew Frank Terrugi, he was in the New York IWW.

haha i got mad responsibilities, but i can break away from all of them. and they are partly the reason why i want to go also. But yeah, trust me, i know something about scary foreign countries and the way to act when in those countries. I don't plan on sticking out (any more than a tall white american could) or doing anything remotely illegal. thanks!

nice name teen_014.jpg haha

imported_garcia_vega
04-16-2004, 09:57 PM
hey kabar--i think i might have lost my copy of tattooing a-z. i've been trying to find it for a couple days but no luck. i imagine you could probly get a cheap copy on ebay or something. if it turns up i'll let you know in this thread.

as far as practicing on grapefruits and chicken, i personally didn't find it very helpful. it's probably worth giving it a shot, but i didn't think it did too much good. this is just my personal experience, but i figured i'd share it. tattooing fruit really doesn't prepare you for skin, because you have to stretch human skin, whereas the orange or grapefruit skin is already very tight. also fruit doesn't bitch and squirm around. there were a couple things that did help me out in the beginning however. one thing that i think is good is putting a regular #2 pencil into the tube clamp instead of the tube and needle and tracing drawings with it. this builds up hand strength and gets you used to the balance and weight of the machine. the other thing i did was tattoo myself. pick a spot where you can easily use your other hand to stretch the skin (your legs usually work pretty good) and just go for it. that was the only thing that really physically and mentally prepared me to work on others. keep us posted on how everything is turning out.

villain
04-16-2004, 10:17 PM
yeah you could practice on yourself. that's what i did. and whoever else didn't mind rocking a trainer tat.
How are you setting up your needles? Cause liners are like three stacked in a pyramid shape like

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. .

That's the front or back veiw and solder them together like that.

Shaders generally are four needles in a row like

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Yeah stretch the skin out when your tatting... sterilize the area first, put vaseline on it to ease the skin and dampen blood and ink flow... as you are working you will need to apply more vaseline as needed in the area you are working. Do your outline and then when you get to shading hold the machine at a 45 degree angle to the surface of the skin. You never want to go sideways with your shader needle cause you will cut the skin open like a razor. Instead to small circular movements.

When you are done lube it up and slap a bandage on and send them on their way. Make sure they don't use any lotions with alchohol in them while it's healing. Tats need to be lotioned like 3 times a day. And not with vaseline. the skin will die from lack of oxygen and then you will look all fucked up. (I don't know how much you know about tattoo care, or for anyone interested i guess.)

I never got real good at tattooing. You need the hands of a surgeon. I've got too much nerve damage for that unfortunately. I can do okay work but I won't ever try and make a living off it.


*edit I tried to fix the pyramid of periods but the vB won't let me keep the spaces. I think you get the idea though.

imported_garcia_vega
04-17-2004, 07:43 PM
villain--the setup you're describing is more of an old fineline type of a setup (1-3 liner, 4 flat shader.) i would say the average shop setup is generally a 5round liner and a 7magnum shader. in some cases i'll line with an 8round and shade with an 11 or 15mag. in my opinion, magnums are a lot better than flats for most things. you can work with them more like paintbrushes. flats can be good to do cross-hatched style shading for old school designs or some people like to use them for windbars in japanese work. personally i don't touch them. i can't stand flats. one warning for using magnums---be sure you put the side with more needles on the bottom. for example, a 7mag has 3 needles on one stack and 4 on the other stack. you have to set it up so the side with 4 needles is riding against the tube and the side with 3 needles is on top. same goes for bigger mags. if you put it on the other way, it will wiggle side to side and any tat you do with it is going to come out fucked up.

T.T Boy
04-17-2004, 08:31 PM
anyone whos been in jail can tell you. your in texas so it shouldnt be hard to find an excon. ;)

ive built one, you need, a bic pen, an old walkman, a needle, and the power cord to an old nintendo, and a soldering iron.

tattoing isnt really something you just pick up and do. most tattooists apprentice for a year before even picking up the machine. better ask a pro. being an rn will help with sanitary mumbo jumbo, but heed the advice of what tattoers say. other than that good luck, show us what youve built.

vinyl junkie
04-17-2004, 09:12 PM
i didn;t think anyone used flats at all any more...

and TT, i've got tattoos from 5 different people, and only one of them did an apprenticeship... and the ones from him are getting covered... an apprenticeship is really more about learning humility than learning the art... a tattooer could tell you everything he has to tell you in probably 2 weeks... everything else you need to know about tattooing is learned to watching and experience...

T.T Boy
04-17-2004, 09:17 PM
yeah i know what your saying, i just believe everyone who wants to tattoo should be a bitch for a while, and just learn and watch, otherwise if it was like working at mcdonalds wed have alot more bad tattoos and every joe schmoe would do it. its an old trade, and it shouldnt change.

villain
04-17-2004, 10:48 PM
Originally posted by garcia_vega
villain--the setup you're describing is more of an old fineline type of a setup (1-3 liner, 4 flat shader.) i would say the average shop setup is generally a 5round liner and a 7magnum shader. in some cases i'll line with an 8round and shade with an 11 or 15mag. in my opinion, magnums are a lot better than flats for most things. you can work with them more like paintbrushes. flats can be good to do cross-hatched style shading for old school designs or some people like to use them for windbars in japanese work. personally i don't touch them. i can't stand flats. one warning for using magnums---be sure you put the side with more needles on the bottom. for example, a 7mag has 3 needles on one stack and 4 on the other stack. you have to set it up so the side with 4 needles is riding against the tube and the side with 3 needles is on top. same goes for bigger mags. if you put it on the other way, it will wiggle side to side and any tat you do with it is going to come out fucked up.

I've heard about the magnums but I didn't really think they would be that practical all the time. Seem kinda fat and unweildy. But I guess they'd be great for big fills. Seems like your more likely to cut the skin especially with the 11 or 15 mags. Well i don't know I don't tattoo anymore.

JohnnyLode
04-18-2004, 12:46 AM
Originally posted by teen_014.jpg
does anybody know about any good tattoo forums? with advice, techniques, and pictures, sort of like 12oz?

drink40s
04-23-2004, 05:43 AM
until about halfway thouh this thread, i thought one of kabars interests was building mexican outhouses, banjos, cause in mexico they build them from salvaged material over a whole in the ground

KaBar2
04-26-2004, 08:29 AM
Not ban-JOs, but "bano's", pronounced "ban-yo's."

SteveAustin
04-26-2004, 01:06 PM
I'm still waiting for pictures of the banjo.

KaBar2
04-27-2004, 08:17 AM
I've got a shitload of pics to share once I figure it out.

mikro137
04-27-2004, 12:10 PM
kabar , dv movies are also a small hobby of mine. be prepared to spend a lil chunk of change on not only the camera , but the fire wire card , and possibly acessories such as lights and lenses (i dont know how far you plan on taking these movies) also the video editing software is very easy to find for free if you know where to look , and have a speedy internet connection.


once you have all of this , using the software that is out these days is really simple and straight forward.

toaztlove
04-27-2004, 03:01 PM
you can make a jailhouse tattoo gun, guitar string/walkman steez, like someone suggested. I know a couple kids who've got into tattooing, and I've heard the grapefruit/orange type shit, another kid suggested fuckin with manequins, never heard the chicken thing but it doesnt seem bad.

anyway, I found these instructions at http://www.faqs.org/qa/qa-8087.html, and I know you can cop a little motor at radio shack if you don't want to rip a walkman apart


: Make a Tattoo Gun

I've personally used this so I know it works...
Things you'll need:

* bic pen (this is your tube that houses the needle)
* 4 or 5" section of guitar string ,second one from the smallest. ( this is your needle)
* tooth brush ( this gets bent like a "7" and joins the pen to the motor)
* an eraser from a pencil (this joins the shaft of the motor to the needle/guitar string)
* small battery operated motor (from a "walkman" or a hand held fan)
* some tape (to join everything together)

Putting the pieces together:

1. Take the guitar string and bend a little bit of the end down or up.
2. Take out the ink tube of the pen, and cut it to about a 3 or 4" length, now file down the brass tip of the pen to get the ball out, make the hole big enough to allow passage of the needle.
3. Insert the needle into the pen.
4. Now take the tooth brush and cut off the bristles making it about 4" long. Heat it up in the middle with a lighter and bend it in to a "7" and hold in place untill stiff.
5. Join/tape the pen needle assembly to the tooth brush.
6. Now take the eraser from the pencil and shove it onto the shaft of the motor, try to get it as dead center as possible. Join the pen/needle/tooth brush to the motor/eraser assembly, tape the brush to the motor.
7. Take the bent part of the needle/guitar stirng and stick it into the eraser, IMPORTANT- the needle must be purposely OFF CENTER.
8. Now all that is left to do is find a power source, I used the plug-in adapter frrom a cd player. i guess you could hook up some batteries to a switch and then to the contacts of the motor.